Bengal Lancer | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by mike130 on 03-13-2010

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3.85
pDev:
20.26%
 
 
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Photo of mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a nice clear orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick then faded to light ring around the edge... Very sparse carbonation. Very light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice juicy fruits (oranges, pears, apples and some grapefruit), light caramel malts, toasted bread notes, light spicy hops, earthy / grassy hints, some honey, light saltiness...

Taste - Decent spicy hop bitterness, toasted notes, nice biscuity maltiness, juicy / zesty fruits (definite grapefruits, lemons, bitter oranges, apples coming through), grassiness, slight nutty / caramel sweetness.... flavours all very well balanced...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light / medium body... Very quaffable and refreshing - an excellent session beer...

Overall - A pretty good example of an IPA and yet another good brew from Fuller's... recommended...

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was served sans tiger in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head is quite puffy, yet dense, like a cotton ball, with an off-white tinge. The body is copper with a slight amber tinge.

Smell- The English hops have a distinctly earthy quality. And a decent biscuit malt permeates the nose. It is pretty boring.

Taste- The hops are certainly bittering. The flavor hops are again, quite earthy. The biscuit malt follows this up nicely. The finish is quite sweet with a touch of honey. There is also a floral and apple quality. Man, this works really well and tastes great.

Mouth feel- The feel is nothing special, and maybe a little watery for an IPA. It would be great if they could thicken this up and make it creamier.

Overall- This IPA has very distinct English flavors and they are fantastic. It is not a huge bitter bomb, but it still feels nice. If this is what more traditional English IPA's taste like, then I need to try many more.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Bull & Castle, Dublin.

Hazy burnished gold with steady white froth that leaves ample trails. Lemon zest and barley water on the nose and a bit of melon-y fruit - is this muted from being too cold?
Rusk, caramel and apricot with orange jam and spice cookie hops. Gets fruitier as it warms.
Floral and Juicyfruit end and endless clingy bittersweet linger. Light to medium, soft, creamy with some chew.

Lighter than expected, but a great all-arounder. Real hop depth - not just the standard EKG + Fuggles combo - and very juicy.

Top 3 English IPA.

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Photo of thepeter
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with small head that faded into a film quickly. pine citrus, honey mild but nice, nothing intense. Tastes are well balanced between the hop and malt profiles, just the right amount of bitterness and sweetness makes it really easy drinking. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall I like this beer a lot and think it is a fantastic example of the style.

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Photo of TerryW
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An understated brew, but really nicely put together making it real easy drinking.

Short head on a clear orange beer, very fine lacing. Fruity hops in the nose, citrus, and grainy malt - very appetizing. Nice full mouthfeel, medium bodied. Well balanced flavours. Just a real pleasure to drink. Well done.

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Volo

Pours a pale orange colour, thick white head that dissipates quickly, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is quite malty, lemony citrus, faint grapefruit and a very light pine. Taste is malty up front but then has a nice bitter hop presence, citrus comes back with a long finish with some biscuity malt. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, very satisfying, light carbonation. Really good IPA, this is one English IPA that could hold its own against some Americans, cask well maintained, solid all around.

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Photo of hophopandaway
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having not seen this before I had to to it a go, although Fullers are not my favourite brewery, because of the total dearth of anything hoppy at my local sainsbury's.

After the customary super-gentle pour that goes with BC beers I was left with a small white head that soon settled to a little froth on top of the glass. The smell was quite pronounced and I was getting lovely grassy cirtus smells coming from the relatively strong hop profile of this beer.
After a couple of rather hefty glugs on this little beauty my palate was detecting a rather nice beer with lots of citrus flavours coming through over the pretty robust backbone of toffee and pepper leading to an almost sour grapefruity finnish. This is well balanced and rather tasty and I'm sure that a cask of this on the journey to Bombay would have livened morale no end.

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Photo of cichief
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at the Euston Flyer in London.

A- Pours a nice copper without any haze, thin white head.

S- Subtle hoppiness, not overly spicy.

T- very well balanced, very well hopped for the style, refreshing.

M- Mediun body, just barely carbonated as a cask beer should be.

D- A very good pint, a good session beer.

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Photo of bventure
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear bright pale copper with a pinkish tinge. Loose white head dissipates leaving decent lacing.

S: Smell is overwhelmingly fruity hops, quite strong, a little buttery malt.

T: Again hops are pre-eminent Clean tasting, buttery, bitter finish. Some caramel sweetness. The malt is elusive. The taste of the hops is more prominent than their bittereness.

M:Firm, crisp, smooth. Medium bodied, heavier than its appearance would suggest. Fairly high carbonation, but about right for the taste.

D: A touch too hoppy for my taste really, but nowhere near as over the top as some American IPAs. I don't think I'd want more than one bottle in a sitting, but I did like it.

Note, in bottle this is 5.3% ABV, not the 5.0% indicated in the header.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a orange,honey hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head that recedes to islands of froth and an outer rim of lacing,the smell is bittersweet with aromas of orange zest,marmalade,honey and medicinal herbal hops,it has a above light bodied mouthfeel which is perfectly carbonated and suits the style and the first taste i encounter is grapefruit followed by some,navel oranges,a light tinge of honey coated toffee and i mean light as fast as you notice it it dissapears quickly due to a light piney,citrus hop finish and overall i have to admit i was expecting more i mean its easy enough to drink and i know ill easily remember this brew as i did like its front label and it definately caught my eye on the shelf but apart from that i dont think ill be revisiting this anytime soon but would not knock back if offered and if you want a EIPA that is quite light bodied and not a hopbomb then this would be right up your alley cheers.

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Photo of kwjd
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo in Toronto. They don't have this in too often, so I'm glad to finally catch up with this beer. Pours an amber-copper colour with a finger of thick white head. Nice rings of lacing after each sip. Smells of earthy and floral hops with the biscuit malt, quite English smelling. Mild bitterness in the flavour, about par for an English IPA. I'm surprised how much I like this one on tap as this style typically lends itself to cask.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Before I talk about the Bengal Lancer I must state this is the first beer I've reviewed in my new 'Man Cave'. I've converted one of my garages into a bar: the first beer to launch it was 'La Chouffe', a special Red Wine was also broached before this, my first 'Cave' review.

So, to my first of many new reviews.

Brown 500ml bottle (bottle conditioned), best before 5 Oct 2012, drank and reviewed on 23 Jan 2011. The version I've reviewed is a 5.3% ABV one.

Poured into my huge 'Judas' stemmed tulip glass.

A large white, foaming, bubbley head sat on top of a clear body, the colour of which was a bright pale amber, with a terracotta look to it.

The aroma was of summer fruits, with a slight hoppy undertone, no malt smells at all.

Tasted good, not overly hopped and the malt content didn't appear too strong either. A pleasant mix of flavours with none overpowering anything else. Sweeter than most IPA's and certainly not as hoppy as most, but very drinkable.

Good carbonisation and well balanced, the alcohol hidden within the flavours. Pity the head died so quickly, otherwise a very good beer. Fuller's rarely let you down, another fine beer from their stable.

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Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Bistro, in Toronto.

This beer has just the sharp golden tone and glaring yellow radiance suited to something with 'Bengal' in its name. It truly does have an alluring look, one perhaps capable of inspiring the wonder, dynamism and vibrancy of a sweltering, sun-scorched place like Calcutta. Its thick, hearty foam capping is a model example for beer-heads everywhere.

I've never had Bengal Lancer on cask but I'm willing to bet that this draught version is a shadow of its live, unfiltered and unpasteurized self. The beer suffers from a familiar cardboard-y smell that, being able to vouch for the quality and credentials of the establishment, I doubt can be blamed on dirty tap-lines. It's flat and plain.

Pasteurizing and/or filtering a beer is not necessarily a negative thing, but it is in this instance. This drinks like a beer that's had its spine removed. Little of the grains' crunchy, malty flavours come through and you can forget about any secondary malt flavors (i.e., nutty, biscuity). Fortunately, the brewer did put a flock of leafy green hops in full sail.

Those perceptibly green, leafy, earthy, bitter hops give the beer a light bite to it. That slight edge dovetails completely with the naturally brisk and snippy minerals in the water. Taken together, these two elements come to dominate the beer and reign supreme on the palate. Unlike the malts, the hops are in tip-top condition and offer a range of flavours.

Drinking English ales outside of the UK in any manner that is not cask-conditioned can kind of be like listening to a movie soundtrack on CD: sometimes it manages to inspire the sensation and scenery of the picture but other times there's simply too much context missing for it to invigorate that same emotion and ambiance it did in the film...

I'm inclined to agree with CAMRA and over 100,000 Brits who says that 'real' ale and 'real' pubs make all the difference and that curling up with anything that wasn't poured from cask at any place that isn't the local public house is definitely an inferior experience to the real thing. That said, it ain't bad. But it could be (and I bet is) better under those circumstances.

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Photo of bobsy
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at the Monk's Table - cheers Adam!

Slightly hazy light amber with a finger of off-white foam that leaves a few lace spots on the way down. The aroma is understated in that classically British way. Tropical fruit, citrus, pepper, flowers and biscuit malt all mix together without getting to hot and heavy. Decent flavour - the malt is more pronounced (as it should be), providing a nice grainy biscuit backdrop for floral hopping and a splash of citrus. Caramel and honey add some depth to the malt component, while a touch of pepper and tea come through in the hopping. Not too shabby at all! Medium body with a smooth carbonation.

I don't think I'll ever fall in love with English IPAs, but this is a great beer, and one I could happily drink several pints of. A prime candidate for a cask!

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just in at Beer Bistro, on-tap. A lovely understated IPA. The IBU is certainly there, you can taste citrus bitterness, but its real music on your palate, not hard garage rock. Pours an orange coloured body with a bubbly head. You can smell fruity hops.Average moutfheel, with gentle caramel buffeting the palate and offering a good drinkability. Must be great on cask, and served at the right temperature!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask tap at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into a branded Fuller's nonic. A light amber brew, with a thin, foamy head with large bubbles and good lacing. Looks spot on for the style.

Nose is that distinctive Fuller's malt, mild caramel, bread and hops. Perhaps a bit of fruit and tea as well. A bit hard to discern, but certainly present.

One of the better English IPAs I've come across thus far. After so many hop bombs and bold American-style IPAs, a nice British IPA is a pleasure to drink. Bengal Lancer had a good, bold hop presence, bitter and with notes of tea leaves. Fuller's malt, caramel, honey. After a good hoppy entry, Lancer closes with a sweet tea finish.

A bit on the thin side, but pleasant to sip with solid carbonation.

Yet to be disappointed with anything from Fullers. I'm finding, however, that my love of British pale ales to be waning a bit, so the Lancer IPA was a great find, giving me a bigger flavor profile. If you can find it on tap, make sure you give it a try!

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Photo of Trizzle
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A favourite from the bottle, found on cask at the Butcher's and Hook Farringdon.

Perfect pour with a finger of dense just off White head that fades leaving a good rim of foam and a dusting of tight bubble covering a slightly chill hazed clear light Amber body. Splotches of bubbles stick to the pint glass as I regrettingly finish this puppy.

Nose is full of fullers malt - honey and caramel, with plenty of peppery grass hop notes.

Sweetish London pride malts initially, quickly balanced by dry, very peppery, grassy and aromatic hops. Quite drying and butter for an English IPA. Perfec balance. Moreish.

Medium and very smooth cask ale body.

Session ale for sure.

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Photo of AEK
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Yellow gold with a thin white head

S. Ginger and peppery spice is heavy on the nose, there are caribbean fruits knocking about too, pineapple, papaya, passionfruit and a faint hint of banana.

T. Fruity, hoppy spiciness bombards the palate. There is also a touch of orange zest.

M. Medium, slightly chewy.

D. A really good IPA from Fullers. A very nice session ale. Nice to see a Fullers bottled beer in BC form.

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Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is copper-amber, the liquid is almost clear. The low head is white.

The smell got some fruity notes and some flowery hoppy notes. Fresh and balanced.

The taste is fresh and crisp. Flavours of cookies and honey. There are fine integrated bitter notes and some sweetness. Some earthy and citric flavours. The bitterness is not exaggerated as it can be in other IPAs. The finish is malty.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles are light. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A well crafted and integrated IPA.

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Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On the handpump at Volo, w00t!

Pours a slightly hazed golden, some straw highlights in the corners, a touch of amber, very thick and creamy off white head forms, slowly settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some decent chunks of lace stick.

Smell is great, very fresh and hoppy, some citrus, orange, a bit of tangerine, floral, biscuity malt, light honey sweetness, a bit of herbal character, more citrus, reminds me a bit of Durham Hop Head.

Taste is similar, big floral up front, juicy citrus, orange and tangerine, really nice hopping, malty middle, a bit of caramel and biscuit, lightly grainy, a touch of apricot, nice herbal bitterness in the finish, with a bit of citrus rind.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Pretty damn easy to drink, this is a real nice English IPA. "And instead of a guard dog, they had this great bloody big Bengal tiger!"

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Photo of cratez
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at the King Edward in Ilderton, ON. A brand new, seasonal English IPA from Fuller's. Hazy burnt orange with amber hues, two fingers of white head, and drapes of lacing down the nonic. Gorgeous looking beer. Smell is floral and citrusy hops, peaches, and bready yeast from the cask conditioning. Taste is sweet pale malts, caramel, biscuit, nectarine, grapefruit, and a mild, herbal hoppiness to end. There's plenty of humulus lupulus here, but not much bitterness in the flavour. Delicate, medium mouthfeel is juicy, refreshing, flash of hop spice, light and fleeting dryness to finish. A session ale in my books, as I had no trouble quaffing three pints. Thanks for bringing this in, Rich!

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glimmering bronze with a slight translucency, and a bone colored head tha leaves behind ridges of webby lacing. Subtly spicy and very fruity in the nose, full of peach and oak, lemonade, brown sugar, and vanilla. The flavor carries on with the spicy/fruity harmony, delivering pine and orange, candied nuts, and a hint of cocoa that all wrap up into a bittersweet finish of citrus rind and chalky minerals. Lovely stuff, thick enough to be full and creamy but not so thick that it cloys in any way. Possibly my new favorite Fuller's beer!

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Photo of mike130
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at the Hereford Arms near South Kensington. Pours a cloudy, light amber, leaning towards a brownish yellow color, with a decent, small head. Looks pretty good.

Smells very nice - hops is the main thing here. Very English, yet doesn't really try to hide the fact that it's hoppy - citrusy hops come out, maybe a bit of malt as well.

Tastes extremely rich - a solid malt backbone upon first taste, but then a very delicious kick of hops - quite oily and citrusy. Not as hoppy as some of the crazy AIPA's but nevertheless it's very hoppy - leaves a longlasting taste of hops in your mouth. Very smooth, undoubtedly since it's a cask beer, a mild amount of carbonation but very smooth going down.


Drinks very easily for the hops. Large hop profile for sure, but it's not overpowering and could easily have a few of these in a row if in the right mood. An extremely good brew from Fuller's. They barely ever disappoint, and this is no exception - it's nice that they brew an IPA since the style is not nearly as common here as in the US. Definitely give this a try if you see it in a pub or elsewhere.

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